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SEPTEMBER 2010 • VOL. 31, NO. 9 • www.mcknights.com Atypical employee Karen Schoeneman, CMS stalwart Page 62 State-aid deal frees Liability costs trending down new Medicaid funds By James M. Berklan Liability costs for long-term care operators dropped slightly over the last year, according to a new analysis by insurer Aon. Spinal taps may predict Alzheimer’s. The study also showed that the percentage of Medicaid daily Tapping into funding used to pay liability-relat- ed expenses has declined steadily Alzheimer’s over the last decade. The average annual loss cost By James M. Berklan per occupied bed dropped $10, or A study has found that spinal tap not quite 1%, to $1,270 in 2009, ﬂuid accurately identiﬁed those according to the Aon report. who would develop Alzheimer’s The average loss cost was $1,710 Photo: newscom disease 100% of the time. per bed in 2001—35% higher Researchers in Belgium iden- than the most recent ﬁgures. tiﬁed levels of three biomarkers The percentage of per diem associated with Alzheimer’s in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called back her members from summer recess Aug. Medicaid reimbursements used the participants’ spinal ﬂuid and 10 to
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